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The League's resource guide for newly elected officials contains essential information and will be updated throughout the year with news on relevant training, valuable resources, information memos, magazine articles, tips and tricks, and more.
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Are you curious about cooperative efforts in other cities? Well, now there is an easy way to find these examples of collaboration with the League’s new online City Collaboration Lookup. This interactive tool allows users to search for examples of collaborations by city name, service category, or both.
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This League initiative has the potential to help shape the future of Minnesota cities—the services you provide, how those services are delivered, and how they are paid for. The point of this effort is to engage the city community, policymakers, and the general public in conversations about the dire financial conditions cities are facing. The initiative includes five phases, and the League recently completed Phase 3—Community Conversations.
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The State of the Cities Report 2012 focuses on the results of the fiscal conditions survey, comparing the most recent results with data from previous years. The share of cities that reported being better able to meet their financial needs increased from 23 percent in 2010 to 30 percent in 2011. This is the second time this share has increased since 2006. Looking ahead, a slightly larger share of cities, 31 percent, predicts an easier time meeting needs in 2012.
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Cities continue to face challenges posed by the economy, declining state support for city services, and changing demographics. Amid these and other pressures, expectations for cities to find ways to do things in new ways—to innovate—continue to grow. The League has assembled a wide variety of resources to help cities innovate, including a detailed guide to pursuing a wide range of innovation.
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League staff members are experts on a wide variety of city issues. If you’ve got a question, we’ll help you get the answer. Give us a call or send us an e-mail!